The Dew Machine, 1937 by Roland Penrose
Hair had been an important theme for Roland Penrose before he met Lee Miller when he created a Surrealist object titled The Dew Machine (destroyed in the war) made from the head he sawed off a mannequin . He had a wig made of long blonde straight hair, added false eyelashes, and completed her transformation to life by painting the eyes, lips and flesh tones. The head, elegant but banal, hovers upside down above a baseboard and the kind of funnels used by chemists are inserted into the neck, filled with coloured beads. Thin strings connect the funnels to a stick that passes through the hair that caresses the baseboard. A further wine glass shaped apparatus completes the object, and strengthens the conjunction between the forces of arcane magic and the magic of science. It is easy to imagine the object scaled to a gigantic size, the funnels loaded with mysterious substances feeding the hair that softly trails across the countryside wherever dew is needed .